Instructor Highlight: Dr. Tiffany Cole, Veterinary Technician Program, Maumee Campus
Cat fangs. All it took was one television program about large cats to spark Tiffany Cole's passion for animals. Researching cat dental diseases for a high school biology project, she found herself becoming more interested and studying animals extensively. She soon realized that she could spend the rest of her life engrossed in the topic of animal health. Following her teacher's advice, she decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field.
Not everything came easily to Dr. Cole. In college, she struggled with organic chemistry class and lab report writing. However, she persevered and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She served three years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and one year in small animal general practice before finding a home at Stautzenberger College. She has been teaching for four years and finds that her biggest inspirations are her students. She admires them for pursuing this career despite their additional burdens of being single parents, working while enrolled in school, and being the first in their families to attend college.
Dr. Cole's advice to anyone interested in this field is to volunteer in a vet clinic prior to starting this program. Successful technicians have strong interpersonal skills to work with pet owners as well as the patients. Veterinary technicians must: anticipate the doctor's needs; prepare medical instruments, documents, and medications; and work on-call during emergencies. Being confident, knowledgeable, and calm is also essential for this career. Still, Dr. Cole believes that this profession is rewarding for those with a heart for animals.
Ready to learn from Dr. Cole at the Maumee Campus? Call 888.859.8225 or submit our Request Information form today. Dr. Cole was inspired by her instructors and hopes to be a source of encouragement for you.
If you are at the Brecksville Campus, please see our blog about our Becksville Veterinary Technician Instructor, Jeanette Kwiatkowski.